Medicine: Big Doctor

At an isolated mission in the red Arizona desert, 40 miles from the nearest paved road, 85 eminent physicians and surgeons assembled last week at an odd sort of convention. The doctors had come from all over the U.S., partly for an outing but mainly to pay their respects to the mission's remarkable chief: big (235 Ibs.) Dr. Clarence G. Salsbury, 62, who is rounding out 20 years of medical missionary work among the Navajo Indians.

When "Big Doctor," as the Indians call him, arrived at Ganado on the Navajo reservation in 1927, after twelve years of missionary doctoring in China, he...

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